Our team is composed of some of the most knowledgeable professionals when it comes to safety. Throughout the design process we are consistently considering safety and making sure each projects meets every necessary guideline and regulatory standard.
One of the first things clients ask about is safety. A common misconception implies that natural playgrounds cannot be designed to meet required safety standards. In fact, natural playgrounds provide challenging environments for children of all ages and sizes, where they learn important risk evaluation skills more effectively—and safely—than in traditional playgrounds. At Bienenstock, we take safety very seriously and we make sure that our designs reflect our beliefs. There’s an important distinction between risk—which is increasingly seen as a positive aspect of play—and hazard; we stay current on this distinction and consider it in all of our designs.
We always design our playgrounds to meet ASTM F1487-17 and CAN/CSA Z614-14 standards. We use these standards as minimum guidelines for the safety of children. Interestingly, catastrophic injuries occur less frequently on natural features when compared to plastic post and platform playgrounds. Additionally, research has consistently shown that vandalism, aggressive behaviour and bullying rates are all reduced in direct proportion to the amount of tree canopy and access to nature that exist in a play space.
To ensure that your playground stays safe and fun, we provide all of our clients with Operations and Maintenance Manuals. These describe each component in detail, indicating its intended use and audience by age. We also describe what to look for regarding malfunction and wear patterns, and how to fix minor deficiencies.
Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds are designed to maximize fun and developmentally appropriate play and exploration. Rest assured that when your children experience nature in Bienenstock playgrounds, they will be safe, supported and challenged to be their most joyful and adventurous selves.